When do Black-Shoulder males start growing in their darker plumage?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by AraucanaAnne, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. AraucanaAnne

    AraucanaAnne Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two black-shoulder peafowl. They are about 9 months old. Both are mostly white with gray and brown mottling on their backs and necks. Does this mean they are both female, or does it take longer for the males to start growing in their darker adult plumage pattern? Thanks!
     
  2. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have any pictures?
    This topic shows someone's blackshoulder male at 8 months old: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/464152/is-my-black-shoulder-a-pied

    If they don't have any blue on their neck by now, they are probably peahens. Black shoulder males can take a while to color out especially on their wings, but by now the neck should have some blue.
     
  3. AraucanaAnne

    AraucanaAnne Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh wow... yeah, mine don't look anything like that link. One has a couple tiny glints of green on a few neck feathers but that's it.

    At this point I'm thinking all 4 of the peachicks I purchased are female! I'll take some photos.
     
  4. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Time to get a peacock then! [​IMG] It is better to have more females than males so at least you don't have all males.
    Here is my adult Blackshoulder peahen for reference:
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  5. AraucanaAnne

    AraucanaAnne Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are the two Black-Shouldered:

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    The Blue India:

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    And one of these, don't know what variety, pied something-or-another?

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    Whaddaya think? All hens?
     
  6. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    All peahens. The last one looks like a silver pied peahen.
     
  7. AraucanaAnne

    AraucanaAnne Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll be darned. I purchased four "peacocks" and didn't get a single one! LOL. Guess I'm in the market for a male.
     
  8. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep every now and then that happens to people. They get sold one thing and get the other. The worst example was when someone was sold peafowl eggs or chicks and ended up with turkey chicks!

    I think you should be able to find a male. People usually have an extra male they need to sell and I figure several people should have a young peacock from the 2014 hatch that they haven't sold yet.

    If you need any help finding breeders let us know.
     
  9. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For pity's sake!!! You "accidentally" got a silver pied????

    For pity sake, you lucky lucky girl!!!!

    And all girls! Most people have to buy a peacock in order to get a hen. I am jealous! Envy! envy!!!'

    InU area at least, it is a bit hard to find a silver pied male and a female??? Well forget it! I want....
     
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    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and by the way, welcome to the group and very beautiful birds.
     

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